noun oc·ca·sion \ə-ˈkā-zhən\

: a special event or time

: a particular time when something happens

: a chance or opportunity : a situation that allows something to happen

Full Definition of OCCASION

:  a favorable opportunity or circumstance <did not have occasion to talk with them>
a :  a state of affairs that provides a ground or reason <the occasion of the discord was their mutual intolerance>
b :  an occurrence or condition that brings something about; especially :  the immediate inciting circumstance as distinguished from the fundamental cause <his insulting remark was the occasion of a bitter quarrel>
a :  happening, incident
b :  a time at which something happens :  instance
a :  a need arising from a particular circumstance
b archaic :  a personal want or need —usually used in plural
plural :  affairs, business
:  a special event or ceremony :  celebration
on occasion
:  from time to time

Examples of OCCASION

  1. birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions
  2. They marked the occasion with their families.
  3. She wrote a song especially for the occasion.
  4. Roses are the perfect flower for any occasion.
  5. On the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, they took a vacation to Paris.
  6. We had occasion to watch her perform last summer.
  7. The boys never had occasion to meet each other.
  8. She never found an occasion to suggest her ideas.
  9. He took the occasion to make an announcement.
  10. When versatility is fashion's best justification, the idea of a beautiful lace blouse or dress that can step up to a special occasion and then look just as good under a man-tailored jacket or a fine-gauge long-line cardigan the next day is persuasive. —S. Mower, Vogue, September 2008

Origin of OCCASION

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin occasion-, occasio, from occidere to fall, fall down, from ob- toward + cadere to fall — more at ob-, chance
First Known Use: 14th century


verb oc·ca·sion \ə-ˈkā-zhən\

: to cause (something)

oc·ca·sionedoc·ca·sion·ing \-ˈkāzh-niŋ, -ˈkā-zhə-\

Full Definition of OCCASION

transitive verb

Examples of OCCASION

  1. <the announcement concerning the change in scheduling occasioned much confusion>
  2. It was that desire that occasioned a trip to Berlin this spring: a desire to wander through the city's arty demimonde and to eat beside its residents… —Sam Sifton, New York Times, 22 June 2008

Origin of OCCASION

(see 1occasion)
First Known Use: 15th century


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